“I wait for the LORD, my soul waits.” Psalm 130:6
“Those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
“The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him.” Lamentations 3:25
When we have prayed, we must remember to wait also; for this is well pleasing to the Lord and expressly commanded by Him.
The more we wait and the more instant we are in prayer, so much more will He give. Nay, He always hears and grants our petitions directly, though He often lays up the enjoyment of the answer until His infinite wisdom determines that the fittest time has arrived. Therefore, we may confidently say, “Such and such gifts I shall have since I have prayed for them. They are actually laid up for me, and the use and benefit thereof I shall reap in due season, especially in death and in eternity.”
There are two rules by which we may judge if God will give us anything.
- Is it promised in his Word?
- Will it really do me good?
And the second is included in the first, for God has promised us every good thing. But if a really good thing would become food for our lusts or a snare to our souls, our God will withhold it until we are prepared to receive it without injury. Therefore, if it tarries, wait for it. For there is mercy even in delays.
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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Do not be anxious about anything. (Phil 4:6)
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must rightly remember who is in control. Our God is sovereign over all things, including COVID-19. As Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) said, “The sovereignty of God is a soft pillow on which weary people lay their heads.”
Remember also God’s gracious promise, and that it is true and He is faithful to keep it: Hebrews 13:5 …”I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” The next verse remind us of the power that comes in trusting God and how we can live: Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man [or COVID-19] shall do to me.
God loves us, and in Christ we find confidence and calm in times of uncertainty and trouble. When we trust in God, fear is replaced with faith, stress is replaced with strength, anxiety is gone and hope abounds, problems become opportunities, and we are able to receive the blessings God has for us in the midst of difficult circumstances. Turn to Jesus. He will lead you to the still waters and give rest for your troubled soul.
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast…Hebrews 6:19
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